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Title:
Girls write now : two decades of true stories from young female voices.
ISBN:
9781947793057
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
pages cm
Contents:
Roxane gay -- Dear Kanye / Danni Green -- Adhan / Misbah Awan -- Step / Angelica Rozza -- Kiss me / Clio Contogenis -- Hajabi or jihadi? / Romaissaa Benzizoune -- Mott street between Houston and Prince / Samantha Carlin -- Model minority girl / Maggie Wang -- A touch of memory between Amsterdam and a guy named Columbus / Jasmine Holloway -- Life in odd numbers / Marquisele Mercedes -- Humming bird / Rocio Cuevas -- Eyes / Kiara Kerina-Rendina -- House keys / Lemi Hernandez-Kim -- My life / Lauren Melendez -- Francine Prose -- Dear you / Julia Mercado -- Abuelo's porch / Marcela Grillo -- Moments in a high school life / Emma Fiske-Dobell -- The places we came from / Tashi Sangmo -- Opening up / Meek Thomas -- The first 1578 days in New York City / Xiao Shan Liu -- Keeping faith / Zahraa Lopez -- Black / Rachel Aghanwa -- The hijabi / Nishat Anjum -- Scarf / Diana Diaz -- The photograph / Alexa Betances -- The search / Idamaris Perez -- The one I need / Janiah Taylor -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- Why won't you stop!? / Kirby-Estar Laguerre -- The feminist in me / Tuhfa Begum -- Saturday morning / Mitzi Sanchez -- A walk through racism / Bianca Jeffrey -- Space / Tammy Chan -- Who am i? / Brittney Nanton -- Stunned silence / Winkie Ma -- A slight misunderstanding / Joy Smith -- The infamous catcall / Rosemary Alfonseca -- We protest with thunder not lightning / Soledad Aguilar-Colon -- It is me: the real Tianna C. / Tianna Coleman -- She's a 7.8 / Sarah Kearns -- Zadie Smith -- Dinner time / Joanne Lin -- Every little thing / Calayah Heron -- Growing up now / Ebony McNeil -- Abandoned by faith / Laura Rose Cardona -- Red apple pie / Michaela Burns -- It rained last night / Yesenia Torres -- Loving in new ways / Ava Nadel -- Inspirationfrom my mother / Fanta Camara -- Mother / Jennifer Lee -- En su espejo / Luna Rojas -- Diamonds / Juleisy Polanco -- Baby things / Emely Paulino -- Mia Alvar -- A time to heal / Mariam Kamate -- Chinese food on my chapped lips / Lucy Tan -- Write. / Janae Lowe -- Rising / Emily del Carmen Ramirez -- Joyful / Anglory Morel -- Happiness in compensations / Bushra Miah -- Time for healing / Marlyn Palomino -- Still looking / Ceasia King -- Work / Shannon Daniels -- Noriko's postcards / Mona Haddad -- The rebirth of Shanai Williams / Shanai Williams -- Janet Mock -- Monolid monologue / Becky Chao -- This is my dwelling / Amanda Day McCullough -- Where I'm from / Samantha White -- My Vietnam / Sasha Goodfriend -- On thermodynamics: a reflection / En Yu Zhang -- Life in Senegal / Yvonne Ndiaye -- Hurricane connor / Ryan Marie Marini -- Autism is... / Charlene Vasquez -- Requiem / Toni Bruno -- Forgiveness not burden / Jiselle Abraham -- All over again / Shirleyka Hector -- The sky's the limit / Rayhana Maarouf -- Lena Dunham -- Made out of diamonds / Erin Pennill -- Easy-bake oven / Kiana Marte -- What's twenty percent of forty-eight? / Ireen Hossain -- Some days over the summer / Kaytlin Carlo -- Why obsessions matter / Diamond Abreu -- Invasion of the germs / Rashri Shamsundar -- Empire state / Brittany Barker -- Moving on / Brianna Marie Marini -- Nagiti-buitu / Suyapa Martinez -- An extroverted introvert / Samantha Verdugo -- Taunting little jar of sugar / Xena Leycea-Bruno -- 37th Street / Fareena Samad -- Gloria Steinem -- By grace through love / Grace Han -- The case of the ugly black shoes / Valerie Pereyra -- Baile de idiomas / Sophia Chan -- Friends, discrimination, peace / Kimberley Garcia -- Raw beauty / Tiana Zuniga -- I'm finally home / Medelin Cuevas -- Switching beds / Rumer Legendre -- My search for comfort / Paldon Dolma -- You're (not quite) hired / Ilana Schiller-Weiss -- Sunday call / Tina Gao -- Los regalos de angelitos / Emily Sarita -- Writing out of my shell / Zariah Jenkins -- Quiara Alegria Hudes -- A taste of duck and family / Priscilla Guo -- A woman with power / Rochelle Smith -- Better to be ken than Barbie / Rosalyn Santana -- Bubbly / Shanille Martin -- Erasing race / Karla Kim -- Conversations / Amy Zhang -- The days of our lives / Evelyn Berrones -- Salt on old wounds / Sabrina Persaud -- Black cherry soda / Samori Covington -- A-ma and the pretty daisy / PinChang Huang -- Rebellious streak / Ella Callahan -- My neighborhood / Muhua Li -- Alice Walker -- Grilled cheese / Kayla Glemaud -- My father's home is my mother's prison / Rahat Huda -- Is this America? / Esther Kim -- Yellow dress / Rachel Garcia -- Warm milk / Gia Deeton -- Fighting back against my culture by reclaiming my curls / Roberta Nin Feliz -- My brother's name is Ramon / Yolandri Vargas -- Flying bullets / E. Alfaro -- Halloween / Flor Altamirano -- Grandma / Lashanda Anakwah -- The dreams they carried / Diana Romero -- In search of darker planets / Eden Diamond Staten.
Summary:
"Teenage girls tell their most urgent stories in personal essays, punctuated by inspiration and advice from Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and more of today's great writers. Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices offers a brave and timely portrait of teenage-girl life in the United States over the past twenty years. They're working part-time jobs to make ends meet, deciding to wear a hijab to school, sharing a first kiss, coming out to their parents, confronting violence and bullying, and immigrating to a new country while holding onto their heritage. Through it all, these young writers tackle issues of race, gender, poverty, sex, education, politics, family, and friendship. Together their narratives capture indelible snapshots of the past and lay bare hopes, insecurities, and wisdom for the future. Interwoven is advice from great women writers, Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Janet Mock, Gloria Steinem, Lena Dunham, Mia Alvar, and Alice Walker, offering guidance to a young reader about where she's been and where she might go. Inspiring and informative, Girls Write Now belongs in every school, library and home, adding much-needed and long-overdue perspectives on what it is to be young in America"-- Provided by publisher.
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Interest grade level:
009-012.
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Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices offers a brave and timely portrait of teenage-girl life in the United States over the past twenty years. They're working part-time jobs to make ends meet, deciding to wear a hijab to school, sharing a first kiss, coming out to their parents, confronting violence and bullying, and immigrating to a new country while holding onto their heritage. Through it all, these young writers tackle issues of race, gender, poverty, sex, education, politics, family, and friendship. Together their narratives capture indelible snapshots of the past and lay bare hopes, insecurities, and wisdom for the future.Interwoven is advice from great women writers--Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Janet Mock, Gloria Steinem, Lena Dunham, Mia Alvar, and Alice Walker--offering guidance to a young reader about where she's been and where she might go. Inspiring and informative, Girls Write Now belongs in every school, library and home, adding much-needed and long-overdue perspectives on what it is to be young in America.


Author Notes

Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community.Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is New York's first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls, and one of the nation's top after school programs as distinguished twice by the White House and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Girls Write Now has been honored twice by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York City's top ten nonprofits, and twice by the New York City Council as one of the city's top girl only initiative. Girls Write Now writers have performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, published original work in Newsweek, Elle India, AOL Cambio, Huffington Post and the Girls Write Now award-winning anthology, and earned hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Collecting two decades of work, this spirited anthology contains essays from 116 teen participants in the Girls Write Now after-school program in New York City. The pieces are brief-some as short as two paragraphs, with few spanning more than three pages. The collection explores topics such as faith, family, physical and mental illness, grief, racism, bullying, activism, cultural identity, and more. Standout essays include Romaissaa Benzizoune's "Hijabi or Jihadi?," Marquisele Mercedes's "Life in Odd Numbers," and Emily del Carmen Ramirez's "Rising." The collection makes for a rich reading experience, but it lacks LGBTQ voices (there were as many entries about training bras-two each). The essays are interspersed with quotations from figures such as Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Alice Walker. VERDICT Purchase for young writers interested in reading works by their peers or where personal essays are in demand.-Alex Graves, Manchester City Library, NH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

This inspiring anthology shares personal essays from 116 participants in Girls Write Now, a writing and mentorship organization for New York City teens. While each contributor's voice is unique, themes emerge: cultural identity, familial conflict, grieving and loss, and combatting prejudice. Laced with advice from 10 female writers, including Roxane Gay, Zadie Smith, and Gloria Steinem, the entries reflect varying, heartfelt emotions. Lamenting her family members' dashed aspirations, Danni Green questions, "Who am I supposed to look up to? Who is supposed to show me how I can make my dreams real?" On the cusp of starting college, contributor Luna Rojas writes gratefully of her own accomplishments: "I know that I do it for myself as well as my mother-who has done nothing short of everything to get me here." This candid compilation rounds out notes of confusion and resentment with resilience, hope, and trust in the power of writing. Ages 13-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Through poetic verse and infused with the contributors' native languages, these 116 autobiographical short stories from black, Asian, and Latina young women are thoughtful, earnest, raw, regretful, angry, and impassioned. They were written while the young women were members of Girls Write Now, a New York writing and mentoring organization for predominantly high-need girls of color. Ranging from just a paragraph to several pages in length, these stories are loosely unified by their subject matter. Many girls explore their loving (or not so loving) relationships with their mothers and grandmothers. The stories delve into topics like being objectified by men, suicide, gender and sexuality, immigration and assimilation, gang violence, microaggressions, and being raised by dads. Inspiring advice by authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Roxane Gay, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Janet Mock, among others, are interspersed throughout. She was looking at the ground as if she'd broken her neck, from Kiana Marte's story, Easy-Bake Oven, perfectly describes someone too afraid to look another in the eye. Diamond Abreu's Why Obsessions Matter recounts how she is the purest form of myself when in a beloved comic-book store. Some stories are more polished than others, but the authors' authentic experiences will elicit strong emotional reactions from readers and maybe even encourage them to write their own. Strongly recommended.--Sharon Rawlins Copyright 2018 Booklist